Ola M. Fincke
Professor of Biology

Phone: (405)325-5514
Fax: (405)325-6202


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Current Research Interests and Subject Areas Available for Graduate Research

I am an evolutionary and behavioral ecologist working broadly on the evolution of reproductive behavior, including sexual selection, sexual conflict, and the interaction of selection at different life history stages and among  members of a community. The latter is a focus of my research on organisms that breed in water-filled tree holes and other plant containers in Neotropical forests. These discrete microhabitats harbor a relatively simple guild of top predators (i.e. odonates  and a mosquito). Using tree holes as an experimental system, I investigate the relative importance of biotic and abiotic factors on reproductive behavior, population dynamics, and community assembly rules. With collaborators, we use molecular markers to measure fitness of adults under natural conditions and the genetic structure of odonate populations in fragmented forests of the Neotropics.  A second area of research involves sexual signaling, insect learning, and visual polymorphisms that may play a role in speciation. Finally, a third area of research is on the effects of invasive zebra mussels on the fitness and behavior of odonates.My graduate students work broadly in the areas of evolution, behavior and ecology in both temperate and tropical habitats.

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Ph.D., University of Iowa

M.A., Tufts University

B.A., St. Olaf College




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Selected publications:

  • Fincke OM., and Tylczak LA. 2011. Effects of zebra mussel attachment on the foraging behaviour of the dragonfly, Macromia illinoiensis. Ecological Entomology 36:760-767.

  • Fincke OM. 2011. Excess offspring as a maternal strategy and constraints in the shared nursery of a giant damselfly. Behavioral Ecology 22:543-551.

  • Schultz TD, Fincke OM. 2009. Structural colours create a flashing cue for sexual recognition and male quality in a Neotropical giant damselfly. Functional Ecology 23:724-732.

  • Fincke OM. , Fargevieille A, Schultz TD. 2007. Lack of innate preference for morph and species identity in mate-searching Enallagma damselflies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61: 1121-1131.

  • Fincke, OM. 2004. Polymorphic signals of harassed female odonates and the males that learn them
    support a novel frequency-dependent model. Animal Behaviour 67:833-845.

  • Fincke, OM & Hadrys, H. 2001. Unpredictable offspring survivorship in the damselfly Megaloprepus coerulatus shapes parental strategies, constrains sexual selection, and challenges traditional fitness estimates. Evolution 55:653-664.

  • Fincke, OM. 1999. Organisation of predator assemblages in Neotropical tree holes: effects of abiotic factors and priority. Ecological Entomology 24:13-23.

  • Fincke, OM. 1997. Conflict resolution in the Odonata: implications for understanding female mating patterns and female choice. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 60:201-220.

  • Fincke, OM. 1994. Population regulation of a tropical damselfly in the larval stage by food limitation, cannibalism, intraguild predation and habitat drying. Oecologia 100:118-127.

  • Fincke, OM. 1992. Consequences of larval ecology for territoriality and reproductive success of a Neotropical damselfly. Ecology 73:449-462.



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